The threat of toxic mod has been on the public eye lately, and health concerns have caused a number of lawsuits filed. Misconception of toxic molds has only caused widespread fear about the safety of their homes, schools, workplace, and other places. Because molds can grow anywhere damp, humid, and warm, they can be found in just about every state in the US. The real danger of mold is when they are in high concentration in a small area, which eventually lead to the following health problems:
- Allergic reactions – sensitivity to molds can differ from person to person, but general symptoms consist of eye irritations, nasal stuffiness, wheezing, coughing, and skin irritations. Severe symptoms include shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms, and fever.
- Aspergillosis – this covers a family of diseases related to the genus of Aspergillis; ABPA (allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis) is the non-invasive form that causes allergy-like symptoms, while invasive aspergillosis causes serious health complications that damages tissues of different organs, but common in lungs. It can spread throughout the whole body if left untreated.
- Toxin-related maladies – although there has been reports of a link between mold exposure and serious diseases (such as brain damage, chronic fatigue syndrome, infant lung hemorrhaging, and other health issues, scientists still need further proof of their direct connection. Nevertheless, toxigenic molds are still considered a factor in many serious diseases and injuries.
It is important to note that certain types of people can be more sensitive when exposed to molds than other people. People with lung conditions, weakened immune systems, and other preexisting health conditions are considered at higher risks of illnesses after exposures to toxic molds, along with the elderly and infants who run the risk of developing health complications.
Because of the lack of medical data relating mold exposure to a specific set of symptoms, it is often very difficult to pin-point the direct cause of the condition that a certain individual is suffering from. Furthermore, the use of “toxic mold” has caused more confusion, since regardless of whether molds are toxigenic or not, they may still cause symptoms if they are exposed to molds of high enough concentrations.